You may remember back in January I chose the word ‘aspire’ as my OLW for this year (you can read about it here) and one goal I set was to enroll in an actual sit down class to learn something new or interesting. Well, I did just that. And it was so much fun! I joined the local Osher program at the U of U, which by the way, I had looked into a few years back, but the one requirement is: you must be 50 or older. I’m so proud to say I’m now well over 50 so I met the requirement!
As I began looking through the winter schedule of classes, one practically grabbed hold of my hand before I could turn the page. It’s title: “Anne Tyler American Icon”. Really, a class in which you would read an Ann Tyler book and then actually sit with others and discuss this American Icon? Well, that sounded too good to be true. But true it was.
The course overview:
Texts: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Accidental Tourist, and Breathing Lessons.
Our class met every Thursday morning from 9:30-11:00. The syllabus (if you want to call it that) instructed us to read about half of a certain book each week and come ready to discuss. I’ve never had a problem with meeting new people or going places by myself so this was right up my alley for aspiring to learn something new and engaging. What I wasn’t prepared for was an instructor who would become an instant friend to each and everyone of us. She had this natural gift of drawing each woman into the conversation and making us feel safe in doing so. We came from all walks of life and yet at the end of two months I left with a handful of new friends and a whole new insight into the life of Anne Tyler.
Here’s a few of our favorite quotes from the readings of Anne Tyler:
“You ever wonder what a Martian might think if her happened to land near an emergeny room? He’s see an ambulance whizzing in and everybody running out to meet it, tearing the doors open, grabbing up the stretcher, scurrying along with it. ‘Why,” he’s say, ‘what a helpful planet, what kind and helpful creatures.’ He’d never guess we’re not always that way; that we had to, oh, put aside our natural selves to do it. ‘What a helpful race of beings,’ a Martian would say. Don’t you think so?” -Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist
“Sifting through these layers of belonging while Ira stood mute behind her, Maggie had a sudden view of her life as circular. It forever repeated itself, and it was entirely lacking in hope.” -Anne Tyler- Breathing Lessons
“Everything,” his father said, ‘comes down to time in the end- to the passing of time, to changing. Ever thought of that? Anything that makes you happy or sad, isn’t it all based on minutes going by? Isn’t happiness expecting something time is going to bring you? Isn’t sadness wishing time back again? -Anne Tyler Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
And then Anne Tyler’s quote- which Sally (our instructor) gave to each of us.
I’m now looking forward to my next class- Friendship in Fiction.
How about you, my friends, have you enrolled in any classes lately?
As always my friends thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful day.
Join me as I link up to SYC with Jann, Jo, and Carol.